(LONDON, ON) – The Windsor Lancer football team’s season came to an end today with a 56-35 loss to the Western Mustangs in the OUA quarter-finals at TD Waterhouse Stadium in London.
Windsor scored 23 unanswered points in the second half in an unbelievable comeback effort, but came up short in the attempt.
Quarterback Austin Kennedy finished the game with 239 yards passing, 143 yards rushing, four touchdowns, and three interceptions. Fifth year receiver Jordan Brescacin closed out his OUA career with 109 yards on 11 completions and two touchdowns.
The Mustangs got on the board early in the first quarter with a touchdown by Pawel Kruba.
On the Lancers first drive of the game, Kenney’s pass was intercepted by Kruba for a 60 yard interception return into the end zone.
After a 28 yard field goal by Dan Cerino put the Lancers on the board, Western’s Yannick Harou completed a 2 yard run on the Mustangs’ next drive to put the home team up 13-3 with 6:02 remaining in the quarter.
The Lancer offence took over after the Mustangs conceded a safety late in the quarter. Windsor maintained possession of the ball for the remaining 2:45 and was rewarded with a 3 yard TD by Brescacin on the final play of the quarter. With the convert by Cerino good, Windsor trailed the Mustangs by only one at the end of the quarter 13-12.
The second quarter belonged to Western’s second year receiver Matt Uren as the Mustangs recorded 31 straight points over the 15 minutes, to take a 44-12 lead at the break.
Uren scored three touchdowns and set up a fourth as he caught for 121 yards in the first half alone. Uren finished the game with 166 yards and four touchdowns.
The third was all Windsor as they outscored the home team 15-2 to reduce the Mustangs lead to 46-27 heading into the final quarter.
After conceding a safety to the Mustangs early on, the Lancer offence came alive controlling the pace and flow of the game.
With 6:44 on the clock, Brescacin accepted his second short pass from Kennedy for a 4 yard touchdown. Evan Psczconak caught the two point convert in the end zone to make the score 46-20.
Kennedy ended the quarter with his first of two touchdowns on a three yard jaunt that just crossed the goal line.
With momentum on their side, the Lancers defense continued to shut down the Mustangs and Windsor put up yet another touchdown for their 23rd unanswered point. This time around, Kennedy only had to hop one yard over the pile to reach the end zone with 9:45 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately for Windsor, the comeback ended there as Uren scored his fourth touchdown of the game to once again increase the Mustang lead. A 21 yard Western field goal with 2:13 remaining in the game sealed the fate for the Blue & Gold.
The Lancer defense was led by Matt McGarva who recorded a game high 10 tackles.
The game was the final game in the Blue & Gold uniform for fifth year seniors Jordan Brescacin, Shea Pierre, Brad Adams, and Udoka Nwaesei.